Lebanese authorities claim they thwarted Daesh attack plots similar to those in Paris

Published May 31st, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
A view of Beirut's Zeituna Bay at night. (File photo)
A view of Beirut's Zeituna Bay at night. (File photo)

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said that the security apparatuses in Lebanon were able to uncover and thwart schemes by the Islamic State group to carry out terror acts, mainly in crowded areas in Beirut, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

Mashnouq said that the security forces are waging the "fiercest battle" against attempts to shake the security situation, and that the army intelligence was able to thwart a plan of a terror act in one of the capital's streets.

Daesh was planning to carry out an operation in an area crowded with cafes and nightclubs in Beirut, similar in terms of selection to the recent operation carried out in Paris, said the daily.

According to information, Daesh has prepared its leadership and organization in Lebanon at the structural and logistical levels, to become able to meet the obligations of its leadership in Syria's al-Reqqa and launching quality security strikes against Lebanon.

It plans to have replicas of the recent terrorist operations that took place in Belgium and France.


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